DJI Osmo Review – Initial Thoughts
Well the cat is out of the bag. That cat being the DJI Osmo. DJI kept everyone anxiously waiting for October 9 (Beijing time), most expecting this type of product. Although the release wasn’t much of a surprise, we are pretty excited about the Osmo and think it will be a perfect compliment to any aerial fleet.
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What is the DJI Osmo?
The DJI Osmo is a handheld 3-axis gimbal with X3 camera mounted on top. It is designed for ground footage, and can be used with the X3 off your DJI Inspire or the new X5 series cameras. The Osmo is sold with its own X3 camera, but can be purchased separately without the camera if you own your own.
There are a wide variety of features that set this apart from other stabilization units. These features are packed into a unit that is incredibly small and easy to use.
What really makes the DJI Osmo shine is the built in features. There are different shooting modes (panoramic, timelapse, long exposure) that are controlled on your phone through the DJI Go App. Your phone can then double as a live monitor as you film. The app can also manipulate the gimbal’s movement, although there is also a physical joystick on the Osmo for that. There is a smartphone holder on the Osmo so all this can be done with a single hand. The video transmission between the camera and phone is through a high speed wifi link. There is no cable required as seen with the transmitters on the Phantom 3 and Inspire 1.
The Osmo itself has its own set of physical buttons to start and stop recording, a joystick to control the camera movement, and a front trigger to lock camera orientation. This whole unit is light weight at 201 grams, and fits nicely in the palm.
The front trigger has different modes built in. Holding the trigger in enables a camera lock mode. A double tap resets the camera to being front facing and in an upright position. Triple tap takes the camera and turns it around for a “Selfie” mode.
Will we buy it? – Absolutely. The Osmo is the perfect compliment to aerial filmers. For us, we can use an X5/X5R for all aerial shots, and throw it on the Osmo to take incredible looking stabilized ground shots. Aerial shots are great, but when they are complimented with nice ground footage, it really ups the professionalism. The X5 and X5R require an adapter plate that is sold separately through DJI. So don’t forget the plate if you plan on using the X5!
$649 for the Osmo is a pretty fair price, especially comparing it to rival cameras like the GoPro Hero 4 Black at $500 that have no gimbal system at all. There will be a lower price for the gimbal/handle alone for those already owning a X3 or X5/X5R.
If there is one con to the Osmo, it is battery life. It will run for about an hour of 4k shooting. That is not terrible, but would have been nice to see a longer battery life.
What the Osmo does best is create a professional look with very casual effort. As easy and simple as the Ronin is, this takes it to the next level for individuals that only shoot with the X3 or X5. This ease of use is especially important for us. Lots of our shooting is in the backcountry or places where a Ronin becomes a pain in the butt. We can just throw this in our backpack, and off we go.
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